National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (3/11/2013)

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (3/11/2013)

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NATIONAL NEWS:

New Survey on WC Bill Review Shows More Than $2B in Unwarranted Medical Payments.

NAIC Posts 2012 Market Share for Top P&C Insurance Companies.

NCCI Offers Guidance on PPACA and WC Premium Determination.

NCCI Posts National Pool Premium Volume Report.

Social Media, Data Mining Used to Determine Side Effects of Drug Interactions.

L.A. Times Reports on Widely Disparate Prices for Essentially the Same Generic Drugs.

Marsh Names Mark Walls Workers Compensation Market Research Leader.

CompWest Names Gene Simpson VP of Underwriting and Marketing.

Canada: Lawmaker Want Private Insurers to Compete With Workplace Safety Insurance Board.

STATE NEWS:

AZ: House Committee Approves Bill Barring AZ Pro-Athletes’ WC Claims in Other States.

CA: WCAB Issues Notice of April 16 Public Hearing on Proposed Rule Changes.

CA: US Dist. Court Rules Workers Comp Release No Bar or Limit to ERISA Disability Claim.

CA: Michael Nolan to Retire as President of CWCI, Alex Swedlow Named Successor.

CA: Int’l Assoc. of Rehab Professionals Posts Survey on Calif. Voc Expert Range of Fees.

CA: CalChamber Warns SB 626 Would Undermine 2012 Workers Comp Reforms.

CT: Lawmakers Pass Bill to Create Fund for Newtown Sandy Hook First Responders, Teachers.

FL: McConnaughhay Duffy Summarizes Westphal Case re Constitutionality of WC Reforms.

ID: Industrial Commission Posts Changes to Judicial Rules of Practice and Procedure.

ID: Industrial Commission Addresses Date Stamping of Electronic Claims Documents.

ID: Industrial Commission Posts New Workers Comp Policy Reporting Requirements.

KY: DWC to Conduct Benefit Review Conference Dockets by Video.

LA: Business Group Continues Efforts for Workers Comp Reform.

NJ: Governor Nominates Russell Cherkos, Salvatore Martino as Workers Comp Judges.

NY: Court Affirms Limitation on Award of Lost Earnings, Medical Expenses in Third Party Action.

NY: NYSIF Mourns Loss of Commissioner Robert H. Hurlbut.

NC: WCRI Says Workers Comp Hospital Outpatient Payments Stable, But Could Be Temporary.

OH: Judge Rules Workers Comp Fund Overcharged Ohio Employers $861M.

OK: Editorial Warns Privatization Plans Further Tips Scales in Favor of CompSource.

OK: AIA Supports Privatization of CompSource, But Finds Problems With Proposed Bill.

OK: Advisory Panel Warns Current WC Reform Bill Unworkable, Needs Revisions.

OK: Court Administrator Warns New WC Admin System Would Double Operating Costs for 3 Years.

OK: State Chamber of Oklahoma Urges Reforms, Need to Spend Money to Save Money.

OR: WCD Updates Adjusted Cost/Charge Ratios for Oregon Hospitals.

OR: WCD to Hold Hearing March 26 re Proposed Changes to Preferred Worker Program.

OR: WCD Reports Increase in Workplace Fatalities for 2012.

OR: MAC Committee Posts Mar. 15 Meeting Agenda re Legislative Update, Chronic Opioid Use.

PA: Martin Banks LLC Partner Claims Philly Workers’ Comp Firm Shut Him Out.

SC: Senate Committee Approves Bill re Standard for Mental Injuries for Public Safety Workers.

TN: House Subcommittee Vote 4-2 to Approve Governor’s WC Reform Proposals.

TN: Dem Lawmaker Calls WC Reform Bill “Rushed” and “One-Sided”.

TX: Governor Reappoints Norman Darwin as Injured Employee Public Counsel.

TX: TDI Updates WC Classification Relativities, Expected Loss Rates, Discount Ratios.

TX: DWC Issues Notice of Pharmacy Closed Formula Data Call on Legacy Claims.

WA: Bill to Privatize State Run Workers Comp System Dies in Committee.

WV: Physician Charged With Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances.